On Sunday, September 29, Kimberly Williams-Paisley and Storme Warren hosted the third annual Dance Party to End ALZ at Nashville’s Wildhorse Saloon. The star-studded event raised nearly $350,000 for research programs funded by the Alzheimer’s Association.
Top artists took to the stage with their favorite hits from the ’80s while decked out in iconic fashion as a nod to the decade. Accompanied by Wildhorse Saloon’s Matte Gray Band, performances included:
- REO Speedwagon’s Kevin Cronin and Dave Amato performed their hit anthems “Can’t Fight This Feeling,” “Keep On Loving You,” “Take It On The Run,” and “Roll With The Changes,”
- Brad Paisley’s renditions of “Dixieland Delight” and “Guitars, Cadillacs,”
- Sheryl Crow’s spin on favorite “Walking on Sunshine,”
- Shenandoah with three of their classics “Two Dozen Roses,” “I Got You” and “Sunday in the South,”
- Chris Daughtry’s electric version of “Rebel Yell,”
- Ashley Campbell channeled Dolly Parton for “9 to 5,”
- Charles Esten’s energetic adaptation of “What I Like About You,”
- Hunter Hayes’ bringing the crowd to their feet with “Footloose,”
- Tegan Marie reinventing “Pink Houses,”
- Jamie O’Neal’s powerhouse rendition of “Sweet Child O’ Mine,”
- Emily West with the Whiskey Wolves of the West’s with the ’80s classic “Total Eclipse of the Heart,”
- A group finale of “Two Tickets to Paradise.”
“Once again, the Nashville community has rallied to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association to fight a disease that has touched so many families, including my own,” said event founder Kimberly Williams-Paisley. “The energy in the room was absolutely electric, and I am so grateful to the incredible performers and fans who danced and sang their hearts out. Together we raised almost $350,000 for Alzheimer’s Association’s research programs that will get us one step closer to ending this devastating disease.”
Amid the lively ’80s atmosphere, actress Bonnie Hunt joined Williams-Paisley on stage to encourage the crowd to support the cause, and shared her own experience as a nurse caring for a couple facing Alzheimer’s disease.
The evening also featured a silent auction with exclusive experience packages including a LA Dodgers MVP experience for opening day, four tickets and a meet and greet at a Brad Paisley 2020 World Tour concert, a beekeeping experience by Williams Honey Farm, a Bourbon Country private dinner package at Angels Envy, a local Nashville health and wellness package, concert tickets and signed swag for two from Lindsay Ell, an exotic weekend getaway to Turks & Caicos, a VIP package to Dollywood and a weekend stay at the new Margaritaville hotel in Downtown Nashville.
Generous sponsors included Boot Barn, Tracie & Scott Hamilton, Kimberly Williams-Paisley & Brad Paisley, Hendrick Family Foundation, Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc., SiriusXM, the AMG, Betsy & Dave Goltermann, Ryan Blaney Family Foundation, CareThrough, ESa, Jeanne & John Esler, David & Lisa Minnigan, Sony Music, Williams Honey Farm, Academy of Country Music, Miles & Vanessa Adcox, Dr. Stephaine J. Buffaloe, Creative Artists Agency, Fender Musical Instruments, Sandy & Doug Paisley, Parnassus Books, Lillie Pawluk, Pierson Computing, Regifted Grace Ministry & Cheryl Crofoot Knapp, The Roskamp Institute, Alzheimer’s Association Governing Board of Directors, Autobahn South Inc., Sleep Number Corporation, Melissa & Jay Wellons, Windows USA / Window Mart, WME.
All proceeds from the Nashville Dance Party to End ALZ support Alzheimer’s Association research programs.